- Thursday, 26 May 2011
The government of Tanzania in conjunction with various organizations has been struggling to liberate women from Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
Such efforts have proved successfully in different areas, because more women have started to understand their rights and claim them successfully.
Men too have reduced habits of mistreating their wives, thanks to effort from different Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) like Tanzania Media Women's Association (TAMWA) and Legal Service Facility (LSF).
Among the stakeholders who have played a big role in this endeavor is Equality For Growth (EFG), that has on the on the forefront to provide education to women, especially those in Ilala Municipality markets, and women in those areas now understand their basic rights.
Business people in those areas are now understand what gender equality i all about, and now they don't question when they women contesting for leadership at different stages in their markets.
EFG collaborated with TAMWA alongside paralegals to raise awareness of women participation in leadership of markets fighting GBV, an exercise that thrived at Kiwalani Kigilagila, Ilala and Buguruni markets, all located in Dar es Salaam region.
"We now see GBV-related cases filed to court after our leaders were trained on GBV. In the past women were subjected to GBV but used to keep quiet. After knowing their rights through EFG and TAMWA trainings, they have now started reporting such cases, and culprits are punished by the law" says Amina Juma, a resident of Buguruni.
She adds that once cases are reported, perpetrators are punished depending on the gravity of offence committed, and that has made women in the area very happy.
At Kiwalani area, the number of GBV cases has gone down, because EFG efforts to teach women and the society at large to fight GBV have proved a lot of success, and and effective strategies are being put into practice to end GBV in that area.